Lymphedema and edema management

Treatment goals

The goals of your treatment program are to:

  • keep your arm or leg from swelling
  • increase the amount of fluid your remaining lymph vessels can handle to decrease the load of swelling in affected areas
  • establish new pathways for the lymph fluid to travel through
  • decrease scar tissue
  • avoid the return of lymph fluid in your arm or leg
  • reduce infections
  • improve the strength, range of motion and use of your arm or leg.

Lymphedema and edema management locations

Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute offers lymphedema and edema management services through the Cancer Rehabilitation & Lymphedema program: 612-863-2123 or1-866-223-0149.

Services are also available at many Allina Health clinics, hospitals and Courage Kenny Sports & Physical Therapy locations. 

Source: Allina Health Patient Education, The Lymphedema Treatment Program at Courage Kenny® Rehabilitation Institute, pt-ahc-21175 (6/09)
Reviewed By: Allina Health Patient Education experts, including Nancy Hutchison, MD, CLT-LANA, medical director, Cancer Rehabilitation and Lymphedema, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute and Virginia Piper Cancer Institute
First Published: 06/01/2009
Last Reviewed: 06/01/2009